What is Data-Driven Instruction?
A data-driven teacher is tactical; she has a strategic rationale for every procedure, lesson, and subsequent assignment or assessment. A data-driven teacher understands that data drives every aspect of instruction. It isn’t mechanical or manipulative; it is the way to get at the hear of student misunderstandings and plan reteaches. It is a constant cycle of data collection (formative assessments), analysis and planning, testing what students know (summative assessments), and tracking progress against goals.